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Nothing to be frightened of

Author: Julian Barnes
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"I don't believe in God, but I miss him." So begins this book, which is a family memoir, an exchange with his brother (a philosopher), a meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the writer Jules Renard. Barnes also draws poignant portraits of the last days of his parents, recalled with great detail, affection and exasperation. Other examples  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Julian Barnes; Julian Barnes; Julian Barnes; Julian Barnes; Julian Barnes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Barnes
ISBN: 9780307269638 0307269639
OCLC Number: 212855028
Description: 243 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Julian Barnes.

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"I don't believe in God, but I miss him." So begins this book, which is a family memoir, an exchange with his brother (a philosopher), a meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the writer Jules Renard. Barnes also draws poignant portraits of the last days of his parents, recalled with great detail, affection and exasperation. Other examples he takes up include writers, "most of them dead and quite a few of them French," as well as some composers, for good measure. Although he cautions us that "this is not my autobiography," the book nonetheless reveals much about Barnes the man and the novelist: how he thinks and how he writes and how he lives. At once deadly serious and dazzlingly playful, this is a wise, funny and constantly surprising tour of the human condition.--From publisher description.

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